Possible trade destinations for 10 NHL restricted free agents

Kevin Hayes and Mike Hoffman are among the prominent RFAs who could be moved. NHLI via Getty Images

The NHL offseason might feel like it's over, but there is still plenty of unfinished business around the league that will have to get sorted out before teams hit the ice for training camp in September. There are 63 remaining restricted free agents, including a number of star players who will either have to be signed to bridge deals, extended or traded.

The biggest factor that has complicated RFA situations around the league is the salary cap, which was only raised from $71.4 million to $73 million. This has forced teams to move good players in exchange for space. The Chicago Blackhawks traded promising young forward Teuvo Teravainen to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange, essentially, for the 'Canes taking Bryan Bickell's $4 million cap hit. Those types of moves are not ideal, but they are the reality for cap-strapped teams.

Here are 10 remaining RFAs who could still be moved before camps open -- some for cap reasons, other due to value, need and/or fit with the current organization.


Kevin Hayes, RW, New York Rangers
Comparable long-term contract: Alex Killorn (7 years, $31.1 million)
Who should call the Rangers: Minnesota Wild